While your tap water seems clean and clear, it could be dirty, unsafe and could be exposing you and your family to irreparable health problems. A recent study found high levels of contaminants in the nation’s drinking water that put people’s health at risk. What’s more, some of these contaminants have been linked to more than 100,000 cancer cases in the country.
In this article, we discuss common carcinogenic contaminants found in tap water to help you keep safe.
Remember, if you’re concerned with your drinking water, we’re here to help. Call us and schedule an appointment for water testing today.
Arsenic is a chemical element that occurs naturally in the earth’s crust. However, it can get into your water supply from natural rocks or industrial and agriculture pollution.
Sadly, even the smallest amount of arsenic in your tap water is dangerous and can cause skin, bladder, liver, kidney, or lung cancer.
Did you know that inhaling Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the USA? Yes, Radon is a widespread carcinogen in the country, especially in California.
So, how does this chemical element get into your water supply? Radon gets into the water when uranium and thorium (usually present in natural rocks) break down and dissolve in water.
3. Hexavalent Chromium (Chromium- 6)
If you’ve watched Erin Brockovich’s film featuring Julia Roberts, then you might well be aware of the dangers of chromium-6. Chromium-6 is a highly toxic chromium variant that gets to your water supply when industrial waste containing steel, tan, textile, or wood preservatives is leached into the water sources.
Unfortunately, using water containing chromium- 6 exposes you to stomach cancer, respiratory disorders, infertility, and congenital disabilities issues.
Reducing Carcinogenic Exposure in Tap Water
While filtration pitchers can enable you to remove a significant amount of contaminants, it does not filter carcinogenic contaminants from your tap water. Neither does boiling; if anything, boiling might increase arsenic concentration in your water.
The surest way to keep you and your family safe is by reverse osmosis. This method can keep off seven of the tiniest contaminant particles from your water and eliminate bad taste and odors.
Schedule Your Free Water Test Today!
At Ising’s Culligan Water, we offer comprehensive solutions for all your water purification needs. We’ll visit your home, evaluate your water and detect the contaminants that may be in it. Call us today at 925-447-3717 to schedule a free in-home water test!
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